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Washington DC Attractions

Family gathered around a giant encased American flag at the Smithsonian American History Museum
American History Museum

Address: 1400 Constitution Ave, NW Washington DC Phone: (202) 633-1000 Subway: Smithsonian Station

At the Smithsonian National Museum of American History visitors can see more than 3 million artifacts from American history and culture that span across centuries. Among the most fascinating and exciting exhibits are The Star-Spangled Banner, which tells the story of the American Flag, the White House copy of President Abraham Lincoln’s Gettysburg Address, Benjamin Franklin’s walking stick and Abraham Lincoln’s gold pocket watch. Interactive, hands-on activities and displays allow people of all ages to explore the history of transportation in America and more. As with all of the Smithsonian Museums and attractions, entrance into the American History Museum is free.

The Washington Monument in its classic pose overlooking the Reflecting Pool
Monuments and Memorials

Address: National Mall Phone: (202) 426-6841 Subway: Smithsonian Station

A visit to Washington DC is not complete without a stop at the many monuments and memorials throughout the city. The National Mall is home to the most famous of these commemorative statues, plaques, buildings and tributes that celebrate our leaders, statesmen, veterans and others who are significant to the history, freedom and future of our country. Among the monuments and memorials at the National Mall are the Lincoln Memorial, the Thomas Jefferson Memorial, the Washington Monument, the Franklin Delano Roosevelt Memorial, the African American Civil War Memorial, the Korean War Veterans Memorial and more. There are also several other monuments and memorials spread throughout the city and Arlington National Cemetery which is just over the Memorial Bridge from DC.

Panoramic view of Washington DC at by moonlight featuring the Washington memorial, Capitol Building, and the Lincoln Memorial
Monuments by Moonlight Tour

Address: 50 Massachusetts Ave, NE Washington DC 20001 Phone: (202) 832-9800 Subway: L’Enfant Plaza Station

Perhaps one of the most beautiful sights to behold in Washington DC, the monuments and memorials bring a sense of patriotism and emotion to most who view them. Aboard the Old Town Trolley Tours Monuments by Moonlight, you’ll get to experience them in a totally different light. This special night tour takes you to the city’s most popular monuments including the FDR Memorial, the Lincoln Memorial, the Korean War Memorial, the Vietnam Veteran’s Memorial, the Iwo Jima Memorial and more. As you tour the city by moonlight, you’ll be treated to historical tales and fascinating stories by your knowledgeable guide. The tour is 2 ½ hours and departs nightly from Union Station and Hyatt Regency Capitol Hill. There are also shuttles available from hotels in the city.

The elephant in the rotunda of the Smithsonian Natural History Museum
Smithsonian National Museum of Natural History

Address: 10th & Constitution Ave NW, Washington DC Phone: (202) 633-1000 Subway: Smithsonian Station

Located on the National Mall, the National Museum of Natural History is an exciting and educational outing for adults and children. Here, exhibits include dinosaur skeletons, a huge collection of gems and minerals, artifacts of the earliest of human beings, an insect zoo, a live coral reef and more than 125 million natural science specimens and cultural artifacts. The most popular Smithsonian Museum among families, the National Museum of Natural History cannot be missed while in Washington DC. As with all of the Smithsonian Museums and attractions, entrance into the Museum of Natural History is free.

Old Town Trolley Tour passing in front of the Capitol Building
Trolley Tours of Washington DC

Address: 2640 Reed St NE, Washington DC 20018 Phone: (202) 832-9800 Subway: Union Station

The most comprehensive sightseeing tour in the city, Old Town Trolley Tours takes you on an entertaining and educational journey through the history of the United States, the most significant points of interest in the city and all the best sites and attractions Washington DC is famous for. You’ll see the Lincoln Memorial, the White House, the Washington Monument, the Library of Congress, the National Archives, the U.S. Capitol and much more. There are 20 stops during the DC tour which include more than 100 places and you can get off and spend as much time as you wish at any of the stops. Trolleys are running throughout the day and you can hop back on whenever you’re ready to continue with your tour.

Outside the Washington DC Zoo
Washington DC Zoo

Address: 3001 Connecticut Ave, NW Washington DC 20008 Phone: (202) 633-4800 ‎ Subway: Woodley Park-Zoo/Adams Morgan Station

Set on 163 acres within Rock Creek National Park, the National Zoo is part of the Smithsonian Institution and offers an amazing, up-close look at a large variety of animals in their native habitats. There are more than 400 different species living at the zoo, including giant pandas, lions, giraffes, tigers, gorillas, flamingos, monkeys, sea lions, elephants, alligators, snakes, komodo dragons and much more. As with all of the Smithsonian Museums and DC attractions, entrance into the National Zoo is free.

The sign outside the International Spy Museum in Washington DC
International Spy Museum

Address: 800 F Street, NW Washington DC 20004 Phone: (202) 393-7798 Subway: Gallery Place/ Chinatown

Everyone loves a good spy story! Learn all about the spies of the past, present and future at this special museum. You’ll see the tools; learn about the techniques and missions that shape the espionage industry. The museum offers a variety of fascinating exhibits and galleries, the chance for you to become a spy in a live action adventure and intriguing artifacts and items that relate to the shadowy world of spying. Don’t miss the 50 Years of Bond Villains, the Spies Among Us and Argo Exposed. There’s even a Spy Shop so you can pick up some cool tools of your own.

A view from the stage of the Ford Theater in Washington DC
Fords Theater

Address: 511 10th Street, NW Washington DC 20004 Phone: (202) 347-4833 Subway: Gallery Place/ Metro Center / Archives / Navy Memorial

A historical theater dating back to the mid 1800’s, Ford’s Theatre is the site where Abraham Lincoln was assassinated. Today, it serves as a living tribute to the President, showcasing his life, his presidency and the fateful night of his assassination. Visitors can see the boxseat where Lincoln was sitting when he was shot and various displays that explain the circumstances surrounding his tragic death. The Theatre also produces a variety of live performances throughout the year and is among the most visited sites in Washington DC.

Underneath a glass enclosure at the U.S. Botanic Gardens in Washington DC where many plants and trees can be seen
U.S. Botanic Garden

Address: 100 Maryland Ave, SW Washington DC 20001 Phone: (202) 225-8333 Subway: Federal Center SW

Located across from the U.S. Capitol, the U.S. Botanic Garden is a living museum that showcases thousands of seasonal, tropical and subtropical plants. There are a variety of displays and exhibits that teach the importance of plants to our nation. Stroll through the exquisite gardens, see 4000 different species of flora and fauna and enjoy a day of lovely scenery while learning fascinating facts about plants and their impact on humans and the world. The U.S. Botanic Garden offers tours, educational programs and events for people of all ages.

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